KB wrote: I feel this actually promotes it too much rather than tucks it away. Any user trying out Scrivener for anything other than scriptwriting will suddenly have that menu in their face, and it might feel that Scrivener is *too* geared towards scriptwriting for such users; it might also encourage our vocal screenwriting contingent to demand that, seeing as Scrivener boasts about "Scriptwriting" in its menus, it now at last implement MORE and CONTINUED etc.
More and Continued are not for spec scripts. That's a request you should continue to ignore. Also, I disagree with you about a dedicated menu making Scrivener look too geared toward scriptwriting—to me, it just says "here's another thing you can do, but it's over here. It's a different mode, and you need to use this menu." I get what you're saying, though.
KB wrote: Now, if it were promoted but could be hidden, that might work, but I'm not sure that the HIG allow main menu items to be hidden like that, as the idea is that the menus act as a way of discovering features.
I thought about hiding it too, but then how would someone know how to do a script? I mean, there's RTFM, but that's just begging for an extra hour a week of customer support for you.
KB wrote: I've been doing that today! I've been going through every preference and assigning it a category in OmniOutliner, trying to work out a better system of organisation. It's hell, though, because as soon as you start putting things together, you realise there are other things that sort of belong with them. (E.g. "Media background colour" and "Use smooth line art in PDF files" - both media-related, great! Until you realise that the media background colour can be set differently for QuickReference panels and full screen mode, too...)
It's a complex thing, I know! I started to make a little list when I was posting above, and it quickly gave me anxiety.
I had a thought about putting certain preferences in multiple panes — giving people two ways to do some things, with clicking the SAVE CHANGES button making the change The Truth in all preference panes. But that's just asking for trouble, right?
And I think that begins with a standalone Fonts pref pane. Creating a Fonts preference pane — just that alone — will simplify, by my count, 4 different preference panes. That's my radically simple solution.
KB wrote:My current thinking - and I'm still experimenting - is to have the "Appearance" pane have sub-tabs, like OmniFocus's Sync Preferences pane:
There would be three tabs: "Options", "Fonts" and "Colors". Each tab would have a sidebar listing interface elements.
That, at least, is the best I've come up with so far - and it should reduce the proliferation of panes and sections quite significantly if I get it right.
I love that idea!
KB wrote:I'd essentially have to rebuild the entire interface out of custom views which take font and colour instructions and various other options, and then swap out the real interface for that interface and... Argh, I'm getting scared just thinking about it.
I didn't mean to scare you. Wait, yes I did.